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How to Cure a Book Hangover

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

What do you do when the book you couldn’t wait to start reading, is now the book you are dreading finishing? The book that for a short time in your life completely consumed everything you were doing? cant look

Try as you might to limit how much you read per day, portioning it chapter by chapter, so that you don’t binge read and finish it too quickly, the book always comes to a close.

And now you’re stuck, how do you move on from such a book? How do you find something comparable with the characters and places you’ve fallen in love with?

You my friend now have a book hangover. sad

Think of our KDL librarians as your cool glass of water and two aspirins. They’ve been there, they know the signs and symptoms. They have survived even the worst book hangovers and lived to tell the tale, which makes them the perfect go-to when you are suffering.

Coping mechanisms can include, though not limited to, the following:

Reading everything else that author has ever published. That widely panned first novel isn’t looking so bad now.

Reading about the topics and locations mentioned in the book. If Wild was your undoing, here is a list of all the books Sheryl mentioned during her journey.

HPTry cooking meals inspired by the story. Gallons of butterbeer were consumed when the Harry Potter series ended, a rather sickly sweet way to drown your sorrows.

And the easiest way to get over your book hangover is to check out the recommended reads by our staff. They have composed hundreds of lists to help you through this trying time. Lists are based off of similar authors, genres, “If You Liked…” and staff favorites.


With these helpful tips you’ll be back on your feet in no time! That is until your recovery book ends…in which case we’ll be seeing you soon.


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New Grand Rapids Press Historical Archives Database Available to Patrons

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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History buffs, get ready to time travel! Kent District Library is now offering you a chance to go back in Michigan’s past with access to the Grand Rapids Press Historical Archives. Newspaper issues from 1893 to 1922 are accessible on your computer as a PDF. The database allows you to search by date or by keyword throughout the available collection.

Did you know that in 1905, a fur coat in Grand Rapids cost anywhere from $13-30.00, a husband had his wife sent to jail simply by claiming she was “insane,” and the temperature in Baldwin in February dropped to 30 degrees below zero? These papers give us a portal into the past and an opportunity to trace the tensions rising between European countries leading into World War I, the grand discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, as well as covering stories from our own backyards.

Remote access to the collection from home is available with a KDL library card, but anyone can access the database from within our 18 branches (no library card required.)

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“A Master Builder” on DVD

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

A Master Builder (Criterion DVD)A Master Builder”, adapted from the 1892 play by Henrik Ibsen, is a startling, moving and mysterious film masterfully put together by the director Jonathan Demme from the stage play first created by Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory. It hardly needs stating that when a play is turned into a film, its form—the large amount of talking, the small amount of sets—can be a limitation for viewers used to, shall we say, more spectacular visuals and more action in general.  Those limitations, though rather obvious in “A Master Builder” (it was filmed almost entirely within the confines of a New York townhouse) are nevertheless more than overcome by the intensity of the script and the virtuosity of the acting. The set-up is quite simple, but the themes beneath that set-up are complex and mysterious. Wallace Shawn plays Solness, an aging architect who appears to be at death’s door: as the film opens, he is at home surrounded by nurses and hospital equipment and his friends and colleagues are coming to pay him homage. He talks to his doctor, and they discuss the young, who are, according to Solness, about to take over. No sooner is this said than the mysterious Hilda appears—young, vivacious and beautiful, a figure with the power to summon a past (and a future) that involves both Solness and herself. But who is she? And where does she really come from?  From this point on, the tension is grippingly apparent, as Hilda, coming to the house with almost nothing, quite easily makes herself at home despite the jealous looks from Solness’ wife, the secrets of the Master Builder become apparent, and the specter of death, looming from the beginning of the film, moves in closer. Solness, who stopped building church towers after a past personal tragedy, is now focused on “homes for families”—but, the viewer wonders, at what price will these towered houses be built?  Gregory and Shawn have mined gold from their adaptation, which is made contemporary in language and setting without being distracting. What starts modestly moves to an exciting and mysterious conclusion, a plot that delivers resolution without resorting to sentimentality or nihilism.

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No Heroes without Her

Friday, June 26th, 2015

It’s time we start redefining the word hero. With our summer theme of celebrating heroes, the ideas abound for superhero-themed book lists, displays and activities, but it’s no secret that the superhero world has long been male-dominated. Young girls want hero stories that reflect their world and experiences as well; they’re wrongly assuming that when we say we’re celebrating heroes we mean only the stereotypical men in masks and capes.

When we celebrate heroes, we mean ALL heroes! The world is full of heroic women who have changed the world. Celebrate heroes with your girls this summer by checking out true stories of women heroes who have changed the world. After all, you can’t have a “hero” without “her”!

Untamed : the wild life of Jane Goodall / Anita Silvey ; foreword by Jane Goodall.

Untamed: the Wild Life of Jane Goodall

by Anita Silvey



Mermaid Queen : the spectacular true story of  Annette Kellerman, who swam her way to fame, fortune, & swimsuit history! / by Shana Corey ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham.

Mermaid Queen: the spectacular true story of Annette Kellerman, who swam her way to fame, fortune, & swimsuit history!

by Shana Corey



Little Melba and her big trombone / by Katheryn Russell-Brown ; illustrations by Frank Morrison.Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

by Katheryn Russell-Brown



Mary Walker wears the pants : the true story of the doctor, reformer, and Civil War hero / Cheryl Harness ; illustrated by Carlo Molinari. Mary Walker Wears the Pants: the true story of the doctor, reformer, and Civil War hero.

by Cheryl Harness




Vision of beauty : the story of Sarah Breedlove Walker / Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Nneka Bennett.

Vision of Beauty : the story of Sarah Breedlove Walker

by Kathryn Lasky




For more great reads about great women heroes, check out A Mighty Girl’s book lists at www.amightygirl.com


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DC Comics and Vertigo Join hoopla!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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Fan boys and fan girls rejoice, DC Comics and Vertigo have joined hoopla! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and more are now available, for free for all Kent District Library card holders.

Readers can instantly borrow up to twelve titles a month, there are no late fees, no holds and the titles automatically return themselves.

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Come Play Giant Games With Us!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Giant GamesGet your competitive juices flowing and join us for Giant Games! Kids ages 6 and up will have a blast playing giant-sized games like Bananagrams, Jenga and Connect 4.


Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 PM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 2:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, June 30, 6:30 PM – Englehardt Branch (Lowell)
Wednesday, July 8, 11:00 AM – Caledonia Township Branch
Wednesday, July 8, 2:00 PM – Krause Memorial Branch
Thursday, July 9, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Wednesday, July 22, 6:30 PM – Alpine Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 10:00 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Tuesday, August 4, 4:00 PM – Spencer Township Branch

Branch locations can be found here.

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Get a Free Bike Helmet!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

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Make plans to visit the Walker Branch on Wednesday, June 24. Starting at 1:45 PM, volunteers from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be on hand to properly fit free bike helmets for the first 100 kids. Helmets for kids ages 1-12 will be distributed (subject to availability), and a parent or legal guardian must be present for a child to receive a helmet. Griff will be on hand to entertain patrons, and a variety of information from the Griffins and Safe Kids will be available for pickup.

See you there!


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Beat the “Summer Slide”

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Over the summer, kids can lose much of the learning they gained during the school year. What’s the best way to avoid the “summer slide?” Books! If you haven’t registered for Summer Reading @ KDL, today would be a great day to sign up!




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July LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10” list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteKitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal
    “This novel is quirky and colorful. The story revolves around chef Eva Thorvald and the people who influence her life and her cooking. With well-drawn characters and mouthwatering descriptions of meals, Kitchens of the Great Midwest will appeal to readers who like vivid storytelling. Foodies will also enjoy this delicious tale.”
    Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ

  3. Circling the Sun: A NovelCircling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain
    “I couldn’t stop reading this fascinating portrayal of Beryl Markham, a complex and strong-willed woman who fought to make her way in the world on her terms. McLain paints a captivating portrait of Africa in the 1920s and the life of expats making their home there. Highly, highly recommended.”
    Halle Eisenman, Beaufort County Library, Hilton Head, SC

  5. Kiss MeKiss Me by Susan Mallery
    “As always, Ms. Mallery has given us a fantastic read. As soon as I pick up her titles, I can’t put them down until I have finished them. They are feel-good, heartwarming — I need more synonyms. I love seeing all the previous characters, the friendships and families that have formed since Chasing Perfect came out five years ago. Thanks, Ms. Mallery, for another amazing read.”
    Jenelle Klavenga, Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown, IA

  7. Second Chance SummerSecond Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
    “I loved this book, a perfect start to the newest series by Jill Shalvis. It contains the same humor, heart and heat that we’ve come to expect from this author. It should be on every romance reader’s summer reading list.”
    Carole Tossman, Howard County Library System, Columbia, MD

  9. Speaking in Bones: A NovelSpeaking in Bones: A Novel by Kathy Reichs
    “This book lives up to the expectations we have for Kathy Reichs. A compelling and dangerous mystery, lots of medical details, and good characterization make this a title that will be easy to recommend!”
    Leslie Johnson, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, CO

  11. Those GirlsThose Girls by Chevy Stevens
    Those Girls follows the lives of the Campbell sisters. After running away from their alcoholic father, they find themselves caught in a worse situation when they are kidnapped. As events spiral out of control, they manage to escape and create new lives. This is a tale that will captivate readers and show just how strong the bond between family members can be.”
    Annice Sevett, Willmar Public Library, Willmar, Minnesota

  13. Maybe in Another Life: A Novel Maybe in Another Life: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    ““Hannah Martin has just moved back to LA after ending a relationship. Her best friend, Gabby, takes her out to a bar on her first night home. Enter Ethan, the One Who Got Away, and suddenly, Hannah has to decide if she’ll leave with Ethan or Gabby. We follow Hannah after choosing both options, alternating chapters to explore the consequences of each. A must for anyone who loves a hankie with their books!”
    Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC

  15. Crooked Heart: A NovelCrooked Heart: A Novel by Lissa Evans
    Crooked Heart is a rewarding, addictive read. Orphaned ten-year-old bookworm Noel, sent away to rural St. Albans, finds himself under the reluctant guardianship of Vee, aka Mrs. Vera Sledge. Amidst a chaotic background of bombings and uncertain futures, Vee and Noel gradually form a powerful bond. I recommend this darkly humorous, honest, and complex story. It is book club heaven.”
    Janet Schneider, Oceanside Library, Oceanside, NY

  17. Love Lies Beneath: A NovelLove Lies Beneath: A Novel by Ellen Hopkins
    “An intriguing tale of sex, romance and deception. Tara is a brilliant, sexy forty-something. She’s enjoying being single until Cavin, a handsome doctor, enters her exam room. They have a hot and steamy romance but there is much, much more to this story. Ellen Hopkins commands each word on the page from her prose to verse.”
    Laura Hartwig, Meriden Public Library, Meriden, CT

  19. Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/DayGood and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown
    “Wow! This is a great looking book. Great for beginners with its details about ingredients and kitchen tools. Best of all, each recipe is made from ingredients that most everyone has; there were only two ingredients in the whole book that I don’t own. This book is just what my doctor ordered, literally. I am a basic cook and like simple and tasty. This book is OUTSTANDING!”
    Nancy Chalk, Charlton Public Library, Charlton, MA


See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!


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Summer Reading Featured on WOTV 4

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Summer Reading at KDL is in full swing! Maranda from WOTV  visited the Byron Township Branch to promote all the excitement. Check out this fun segment!

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